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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 14, 2014

A new report illustrates that minorities who hold degrees are not finding work. Top universities from around the country are producing black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering grads at twice the rate leading tech companies are offering positions, according to USA TODAY analysis.

Tech companies have been quick to shift the blame toward the availability of job applicants, which the latest analysis would otherwise dismiss. The fact of the matter remains that you won’t find many minorities holding gainful employment among America’s tech hub that is Silicon Valley.

According to Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at The New School in New York, the latest findings illustrate a serious problem in the industry’s hiring world. “What do dominant groups say? ‘We tried, we searched but there was nobody qualified.’ If you look at the empirical evidence, that is just not the case,” Hamilton told USA TODAY.

Are minorities getting left behind if they’re not represented in this specific industry? Evolving technology has proved to be a major engine of economic resurgence in regards to the US economy, which makes these jobs all the more valuable.

Analysts warn that the technology industry risks alienating consumers if they continually fail to diversify their work force. Right now the industry enjoys a relationship with a diverse global audience, but that connection is likely to change when jobs are predominantly being held by white, Asian and male individuals.

A look at the numbers perhaps helps paint a better picture – on average, only 2 percent of tech workers throughout seven Silicon Valley companies are black; nearly 3 percent of those workers are Hispanic.

Contrast these figures with graduation numbers: in 2013, 4.5 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in computer science or computer engineering from the top universities were received by African Americans; 6.5 percent of those degrees were allotted to Hispanics.